Give, give, give. Donate, donate, donate. Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer. More, more, more! Seems like everybody wants more all the time. Part of me can’t blame them because everyone needs more, but then part of me says everyone needs more so quityourbitching!
Where does this come from you might ask? Well, it started when I gave my first donation to the American Cancer Society a couple of years ago. It wasn’t much and still continues to be a measly donation, but I donate anyway. Why? Because shortly after I got myself a Facebook page, I started connecting with high school classmates since that’s what it’s there for! I graduated from a small rural town where the TOTAL number of students in grades 7-12 was less than 500. My class happened to be one of the largest in the high school. We had 90 some kids and I think we graduated 87. Anyway, 2 of my fellow female classmates have been diagnosed with breast cancer in their mid 20’s. What are the odds that my classmates from such a rural area would get cancer at such young ages? So, I decided I could join the fight.
Since I have joined that fight and chose the American Cancer Society to go through, it seems like EVERYONE wants me to join their fight too! The first year I think I only got 1 call to donate to another cause, but last year that number grew and now this year it’s more people. And the thing that irks me the most? A mere 24 hours after I made my donation to ACS, I was getting calls. 24 hours! MS called, MN police officer’s called, another cancer cause called. Then, I get something in the mail from the humane society! All the while I’m thinking, wasn’t my name NOT going to be shared with everyone???
Why if you donate one place it seems like your name goes everywhere?! It’s like they slap your name and phone number with a “SUCKER” sign! “Hey guys, call so and so because we got $$ out of her!” Ugh! Let me donate where I want to without you calling me thank you very much. I’ll continue to put up with it because I understand that programs like these don’t work without donations and I or someone in my family may need their help someday. I just wish we could all donate in peace!